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XII. English Prose in the Fifteenth Century, I

§ 10. Gesta Romanorum

Wholly different in kind are the moralished skeleton tales, by no means always moral in themselves, of the famous Gesta Romanorum the great vogue of which is witnessed by the fact that the Anglo-Latin recension assigned to the end of the fourteenth century was being continually copied in the fifteenth, and that an English translation then appeared, popularising this source-book of future literature, beside the English Legenda Aurea, which, half-original, half-translation, belongs to the same period.